Basileae (Basel): Joannis Rodolphi Im Hoff, 1732. Nova Editio (New edition). Hardcover. Folio (15 1/2 x 10 1/2").  leaves (Half-title, title page),  leaves (Privilege), 20pp (Preface), , pp (Schulten's Oratio funebris), 710pp (Text) (Vol. 1);  leaves (Half-title, title page), 12pp (Preface), 958pp (Text), pp (Index) (Vol. 2). Contemporary full vellum with handwritten title to spine. Title pages in red and black lettering. Title vignettes. Decorative head-, tailpieces and initials.
Originally published in Leeuwarden in 1714 (Vol. 1) and 1720 (Vol. 2), this two volume set commentary on Isaiah is Campegius Vitringa's magnum opus. It forms the basis for the commentaries of J. E. Leigh (1726-34), J. J. Rambach (1741), and A. F. Büsching (1749-51).
The celebrated German orientalist, and Biblical critic Heinrich Friedrich Wilhelm Gesenius (1786-1842) was particularily emphatic in its commendation; declaring that [the book] not only made an epoch in the study of Isaiah, but outweighs the earlier and a good part of the later expositions. In wealth of philological and exegetical learning, aptness of illustration, and fulness of historical information, Gesenius declares that Vitringa's Commentary on Isaiah is by no means superseded.
In the first volume a double page map with descriptive text illustrating Moabite territory in the Dead Sea region follows page 458.
Binding partly darkened/soiled and age-toned. Some abrasion to head and tail of spine. Foxing to endpapers. Front free endpaper, half-title and title slightly creased. Minor and sporadic foxing and age-toning throughout. Text in Latin with some Hebrew. Binding in overall fair to good-, interior in good+ to very good condition. g- to vg. Item #43165
About the author: Campegius Vitringa (1659-1722) was a Dutch Protestant theologian and Hebraist. A follower of Johannes Cocceius,Vitringa was a supporter of prophetic theology. He was educated at the universities of Franeker and Leiden, and became professor of Oriental languages at the former in 1681. When locating prophetic outcomes, he would associate events to the near rather than the far-off future, placing a distinct focus on the period of the Maccabees (2nd Century BC). Like Joseph Mede (1586-1638), Vitringa believed wholeheartedly that the Millennium was yet to come, but did not expect any immediate changes. He relegated the end of the time to a remote future and strongly emphasized the concept of New Jerusalem (From Wikipedia).